-- Distinguished New York-1 Anchor Cheryl Wills Named as Keynote Speaker;
Dance Theater of Harlem Returns to Colden Stage for Annual Program --
Flushing, NY, December 9, 2016—A steering committee formed by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College representing organizations from throughout the borough of Queens announced today that the Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake, senior pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, will be the official honoree for the college’s third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration, which will take place Sunday, January 15, 2017. Award-winning reporter and distinguished NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills will be the keynote speaker, and Dance Theatre of Harlem—a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim—will perform at the annual commemoration.
The announcement was made at the main branch of the Queens Public Library at a reception hosted by Dennis M. Walcott, Queens Library president and chief executive officer and co-chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration Committee. Other speakers included steering committee member Glenda Grace, Queens College general counsel and chief of staff, and Rob MacKay, director of Public Relations, Marketing & Tourism, Queens Economic Development Corporation and founder of the Queens Tourism Council.
In addition to representatives from Queens College and the Queens Public Library, the steering committee included members from the Langston Hughes Library, the Parks Department, Resorts World, the New York Daily News, the NAACP, Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and Madison House/Goldenvoice.
This January 15 commemoration will be a return performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem for the Queens College annual event, which also features remarks by a keynote speaker and a ceremony for a distinguished honoree. Tickets are available now for purchase; click here for details.
Queens College has long played a role in the struggle for equal rights. In May of 1965, Dr. King was the first speaker in the college’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series, highlighting the power of peaceful resistance in his remarks. “Non-violence,” Dr. King said, “is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom and human dignity.” A year earlier, Queens College student Andrew Goodman was murdered along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner during the Freedom Summer voter registration project in Mississippi. The college’s Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library clock tower is named for the three civil rights workers. In past years, the college has honored civil rights pioneers such as Aaron Henry, who received the Queens College Medal in 1990, and John Lewis, who received an honorary degree in 2009.
About Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem is known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions. The company consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. From treasured classics, neo-classical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, to cutting-edge contemporary pieces and works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture, the company brings new life to classical ballet. In addition to performances in New York City, across the country, and abroad company activities that carry a message of empowerment through the arts also include engaging communities through education activities for audiences and young people.
About Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
The Kupferberg Presents 2016–2017 Season, sponsored by New York Community Bank, features a vibrant lineup of world-class cultural events, concerts, and family programs at Colden Auditorium, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus locations for the 2.2 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. Since 1961, Kupferberg Center for the Arts has provided accessible and affordable world-class cultural entertainment to the NYC region. From classical and pop performances, to concerts and in-school residencies, to a wide range of family events, over 350,000 individuals attend events at Kupferberg Center for the Arts each year. For tickets and information, visit www.kupferbergcenter.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.